Stress Amongst Private University Students in Malaysia

Toh, Seong-Yuen and Tehseen, Shehnaz and Mahmoud, Ali B. and Cheok, Jason B. and Kaur, Ranita (2022) Stress Amongst Private University Students in Malaysia. International Journal of Public Sociology and Sociotherapy, 2 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2691-9214

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We examine the predictive power of individual differences based on the Five-Factor Model (FFM) for stress among undergraduate students in private universities in Malaysia. One hundred thirty-one undergraduate students from three private universities were surveyed. A partial least square structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) was utilised to analyse the data. Our findings indicate that Neuroticism and Agreeableness positively predict student stress. Whereas openness to experience, conscientiousness and extraversion do not exhibit significant or sufficiently sizable predictions of student stress. Notably, female students are found to report higher levels of stress than males. Emotionally unstable students tend to be more vulnerable to forms of stress. Agreeableness signifies the predisposition to be kind and supportive instead of suspicious or an adversary towards people. Thus, highly agreeable students may expose themselves to discretionary stress to meet their classmates and tutors’ expectations. Our results are discussed. Further, practical and research implications are provided.

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